Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart Attack Symptoms

A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the heart starts to die. Quick treatment to restore blood flow to the heart can help save lives.

Warning Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of a heart attack may include:

  • Chest pain or pressure or a strange feeling in the chest
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain, pressure or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw or upper belly or in one or both shoulders or arms
  • Lightheadedness or sudden weakness
  • A fast or irregular heartbeat

The more of these symptoms you have, the more likely it is that you’re having a heart attack. Chest pain or pressure is the most common symptom, but some people, especially women, may not notice it as much as other symptoms. Women may not have chest pain at all but instead have shortness of breath, nausea, numbness, tingling or a strange feeling in the chest or other areas.

Call 911

If you have symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.

PIH Health is specially trained and equipped to provide the heart care and treatment to help prevent further damage and complications. Learn more about what makes us a Heart Receiving Center.